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How does VAT work?

If you're just starting out, we can help you decide whether you need to be VAT registered from the outset or not. And we will continue to monitor your situation, so that should it become obligatory for you to register for VAT, we can deal with all of the paperwork for you. You’ll have to both charge and pay VAT, but ideally these should be equally balanced.

If one is more than the other, you can pay the difference or claim a refund if you’ve paid more than you’ve charged.

The most important thing you can do is to keep meticulous records. This ensures that you’re paying the right amount, but no more than you need to.


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How much VAT will you need to charge?

This will entirely depend on what you’re selling. Some products/services are completely exempt, others have a reduced rate. Most other products or services will be subject to 20% VAT.

If you’re unsure about anything, the next best thing you can do is hire professional help from a dedicated accountant.

An accountant will give you peace of mind that all your VAT affairs are handled correctly. They’ll also work to ensure that you’re not paying more than you need to. You could potentially save more money than you think, with an accountant to guide you.

Countplus Accountants can prepare your VAT return, either from your own bookkeeping records or we can take care of your record keeping and the VAT return. And we will try to ensure that you claim as much VAT as possible, particularly on contentious items such as mixed-use expenditure and motor running costs.


How we can help you register for VAT?



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We will give you full support with VAT so that it’s one less thing to worry about. We’ll help you properly register for VAT and submit regular, accurate returns online.

Once that’s taken care of, you can get back to doing what you do best, which is making money in the first place. Let one of our experts handle all the finer details.

  • Check that all your bookkeeping records are correct
  • Help you register for VAT when you need to
  • Ensure you’re compliant with Making Tax Digital
  • Make sure you’re claiming for VAT you’ve incurred in order to reduce your bill

Comprehensive statutory and non-statutory audit services

The audit methodology that we use at Countplus Accounting is focused on providing a robust and efficient approach to audit and risk.

We believe that your annual audit should be about much more than just a legal requirement. Our auditor partners work to ensure that you receive added value that goes beyond our simple audit process.

Our audit service is more than just a box-ticking exercise. We will use this opportunity to carefully review your business’ financial performance and make any suggestions to improve controls within your company. This ensures you get the best value for money possible now and in the future.